Is Atenenol Safe For Hypertension Patients With Low Heart Rate?

I am 47 yrs T2 diabetic for the last 12 years, I was prescribed aten25mg to control hypertension(160/110). My average heart beat is 72 bpm.






What Is The Relationship Between Heart Rate And Blood Pressure?

Optimal blood pressure typically is defined as 120 mm Hg systolic — which is the pressure as your heart beats — over 80 mm Hg diastolic — which is the pressure as your heart relaxes. For your resting heart rate, the target is between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm). Read More….

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  • tich4593 April 4, 2009, 12:25 am

    Atenolol used to be the "Gold Standard" treatment for 'hypertension' and all other drugs were assessed against it.
    BUT .. This was before the ASCOT controlled trial, which showed indisputably that more people died when on Atenolol and other beta-blockers than any other treatments for so-called high blood pressure, and it's no longer the Standard.

    Consequently, Atenolol (and beta-blockers in general) were withdrawn as first-line treatment in UK by N.I.C.E., (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) some 2 years ago., with significant improvement in mortality rates.

    Wild horses wouldn't persuade me to take Atenolol or any other beta blocker, for high blood pressure.Theoretical considerations alone make it inevitable that slowing the pulse-rate increases systolic pressure for any given level of cardiac workload, in an otherwise normal, healthy individual.
    ASCOT only proved it, in practice.

    It has no bearing on diabetes, however.

    The only other thing I'd say is that your pulse rate is not low. It's average. The crucial, defining test you can carry out is to stop taking Atenolol gradually, and carefully monitor what happens to your BP readings and your pulse rate. If your pulse rate rises, the beta-blocking is having an effect (which is bad). If it doesn't rise, then that is an excellent sign.

    There are further tests involving your systolic, diastolic, and mean pressures, but these are a little complicated to describe here.

    EDIT: Atenolol, -like most beta blockers, is essentially dosage-neutral, that is, – if it affects you (and it doesn't affect some people, especially Afro-Caribbean) then it doesn't matter whether you take 10mg or 25, .. or more, the extent of pulse-lowering is the same. So it's incorrect to say you"might need to take a higher dose". Read "ABC of HYPERTENSION" published by the BMA